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THEME

THEME. THEME. Controlling idea or its central insight. It is the unifying generalization about life stated or implied by the story. To derive theme, we must determine what its central purpose is: what view of life it supports or what insight into life it reveals. PRINCIPLES.

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THEME

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  1. THEME

  2. THEME • Controlling idea or its central insight. • It is the unifying generalization about life stated or implied by the story. • To derive theme, we must determine what its central purpose is: what view of life it supports or what insight into life it reveals.

  3. PRINCIPLES • There is no prescribed method for discovering theme. • At all times keep in mind the following principles when discovering theme.

  4. PRINCIPLE #1 • Theme should be expressible in the form of a statement with a subject and a predicate. • Theme must be a statement about a subject.

  5. PRINCIPLE #2 • The theme should be stated as a generalization about life. • Do not use the names of the characters or reference to precise places or events.

  6. PRINCIPLE #3 • Be careful not to make the generalization larger than is justified by the terms of the story. • Terms like every, all, always should be used very cautiously; terms like some, sometimes, may are often more accurate.

  7. PRINCIPLE #4 • Theme is the central and unifying concept of a story. Therefore: • It accounts for all the major details of the story. • The theme is not contradicted by any detail of the story. • The theme cannot rely upon supposed facts—facts not actually stated or clearly implied.

  8. PRINCIPLE #5 • There is no one way of stating the theme of a story.

  9. PRINCIPLE #6 • Avoid any statement that reduces the theme to some familiar saying that we have heard all our lives.

  10. THEME • Using the preceding principles write a theme statement for “How I Met My Husband.”

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